The slow-burning melodrama Cracks
, based on a novel by Sheila Kohler, is a dark tale of obsession and lust set on an isolated British isle. There’s an uneasiness about Cracks
that gradually builds to a violent end where the film finally kicks it up a notch -- perhaps a little too late -- but it’s the excellent performances by Eva Green and Juno Temple that really help to keep the film interesting. The story takes place at an elite boarding school in the 1930s and centers on a group of girls who idolize their enigmatic swimming instructor, Miss G. (Green), a chic and bohemian woman who’s attached to the school’s queen bee, Di Radfield (Temple). However, ...